ICROA is pleased to welcome the Arbor Day Foundation as a new member organization.
The Arbor Day Foundation’s mission is simple: inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. With more than 1 million individual members and corporate partners, more than 350 million trees planted, and a global network of dedicated programmatic partners, the Foundation is the largest nonprofit conservation and education organization dedicated to planting trees. The Foundation accomplishes its impact through several urban forestry, natural forest restoration, disaster recovery, and tree/forest educational and recognition programs such as Community Tree Recovery, Rain Forest Rescue®, and Tree City USA®.
Specific to the voluntary carbon market, the Foundation specializes in scaling up verified forestry carbon credit projects via reforestation/afforestation. Additionally, it partners with forestry experts who share the same vision and values — including IETA and ICROA members — to craft complete forestry carbon credit portfolios that include avoided conversion (REDD+), improved forest management, and other emerging market-based solutions.
“The Arbor Day Foundation’s vision is to be a leader in creating worldwide recognition and use of trees as a solution complex local and global issues such as reversing climate change, improving water and air quality, stabilizing soil, creating high-quality jobs, and restoring ecosystems. We are excited to be a member of ICROA, a network that shares our vision and understands the role natural climate solutions like reforestation play in removing carbon from the atmosphere. Becoming a member allows us to join forces with leading organizations working to shape future carbon markets and meet targeted goals such as the Paris Agreement. This is a tremendous opportunity to expand our networks, build more dynamic partnerships at a global scale, and create an economy that is in balance with nature and people”, said Jeremy Manion – Carbon Development Manager at the Foundation.
The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report (SR15) finds that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius will require “rapid and far-reaching” transitions in land use, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities. Avoiding additional carbon emissions is critical. However, if the ultimate goal is to rebalance the global carbon cycle, this will require taking as much carbon out of the atmosphere as humans put into it. Unless there is a technological breakthrough, natural climate solutions — forests, agriculture, and wetlands — continue to be the only proven way to do that on scale.
The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS) states that natural climate solutions are climate action strategies that are immediately available, scalable, cost-effective, and can transform the forestry and agricultural sectors of the global economy. Natural climate solutions include strategies for protecting and restoring ecosystems and improving the management of working lands to avoid carbon emissions and activate carbon storage. Along with existing clean energy and other decarbonization innovations, natural climate solutions are essential pathways to stabilize and reverse climate change.
No silver-bullet solution exists for climate change, and we cannot forget about nature’s role in the total solution. Based on this data and science, the Foundation and its partners believe the time for trees is now.
The Arbor Day Foundation is based in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA.